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Make-A-Wish® San Diego Launches President’s Circle to Make Every Wish Come True for San Diego Kids


January 19, 2016


San Diego, CA

Founding Co-Chairs and San Diego Philanthropists Hélène and George Gould Pledge $250,000 -- the Largest Single Contribution from an Individual Donor in History of Organization

San Diego, CA – January 19, 2016 – Research suggests that as many as 317 children in the San Diego community will be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness this year, and Make-A-Wish San Diego is committed to making their wishes come true without delay. Currently, Make-A-Wish San Diego is reaching two-thirds of medically eligible children, but one in three eligible children in San Diego have not been granted a wish. To narrow this gap, Make-A-Wish San Diego has recently created an exclusive President’s Circle to assist in making EVERY wish come true for San Diego children.

San Diego philanthropists Hélène and George Gould are the inaugural founders of the President’s Circle, and have pledged a $250,000 matching gift that will allow all gifts from new donors to have twice the impact on wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Donors who give $50,000 or more will join the Goulds in the exclusive President’s Circle.

“When Make-A-Wish San Diego told us about their goal to be able to reach each and every child in our great city, we were compelled to make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Hélène Gould. “George and I have pledged to match every dollar up to $250,000 for this initiative. We encourage others to consider donating and joining the President’s Circle to help make an even greater impact in San Diego, so that ALL of our local kids can have their wishes come true.”

“Nearly every day in San Diego, a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition,” said Chris Sichel, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish San Diego. “Hélène and George have been instrumental in launching the President’s Circle, and their extraordinary donation and the joy it will inspire for our Wish Kids will shape Make-A-Wish San Diego’s future for years to come.”

Members of the President’s Circle will make it possible for our local Make-A-Wish to grant a wish for every child in San Diego. For more information on the President’s Circle and how you can be a hero for a Wish Kid, contact Dana Vandersip:

About the Goulds

Hélène and George Gould have supported the mission of Make-A-Wish San Diego for over a decade, leading extraordinary efforts in the organization’s fundraising goals. Hélène is also a founding member of the W.I.S.H Circle of Make-A-Wish San Diego, the dynamic women’s leadership group that supports its vision and mission. Hélène’s involvement in the organization was inspired by the memory of her young nephew, Franck Alain Levy Dreyfus, who passed away 14 years ago. Hélène, who is originally from Southern France, is a fashion designer and a real estate investor, and George is a private investor.

About the President’s Circle

The President’s Circle was founded by community leaders to provide Make-A-Wish San Diego the ability to fulfill its mission of granting a wish for every child in San Diego County with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. With a gift of $50,000 or more, members stand with Make-A-Wish San Diego in achieving a collective goal of granting 100% of the wishes for all local children in the community that are eligible for a wish. Membership benefits include invitations to exclusive President’s Circle events, news and communications from the President’s Office, commemorative items emblematic of your membership, and the fulfillment that comes with knowing that you made an indelible impact on the life of a child.

About Make-A-Wish® San Diego

Make-A-Wish San Diego grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1983, the San Diego chapter has granted more than 3,500 wishes to children in our community. In the coming year, the organization anticipates granting over 200 wishes for children in our community, and hosting over 200 Wish Kids from other states to grant their wish in San Diego. At Make-A-Wish, the goal is simple: to come into a child’s life during a difficult time and provide hope and a much-needed break from the daily challenges they are forced to face. For more information about Make-A-Wish San Diego, visit us online at or call us at (858) 707-9474.

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Christine Reed
Director of Communications
2440 Hotel Circle North Suite 200
San Diego, CA  92108

Phone : (858) 707-9474
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Make-A-Wish® San Diego
2440 Hotel Circle North
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 707-9474